Getting your business fit for 2019: 12 tips for small business managers

By Team BGP

 

When generations to come look back at 2018 in the history books, it is fair to say it might be labelled ‘The Year of Uncertainty’. Today, it seems, we are still no clearer than we were on January 1st, 2018, about the terms under which we will leave the European Union, or what life – and business – will look like afterwards.

As we look ahead to 2019, it seems unlikely that this uncertainty is going to lift anytime soon. So, what can businesses do to prepare themselves for the year ahead? In...
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Jane Lambert: How starting a business rewarded me with the lifestyle I’ve always wanted

By Team BGP

We first had the opportunity of getting to know Jane, founder and CEO of accredited healthcare training provider ECG, during her BGP  journey in January 2018, and more recently she has shared her inspirational story with us. Read the interview to learn how she quit her job and successfully built not only a business, but a lifestyle that has granted her freedom, flexibility and a priceless sense of accomplishment.

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Key strategies for bouncing back from threats in your market

By Team BGP

How often do you take time out of the day-to-day of running your business to take stock of the changes in your marketplace? Some of us may attend an annual conference or read the industry press which will, from time to time, remind us of the changes that the industry is currently undergoing such as new entrants, acquisitions and new products or services offered by your competitors. Although the news can sometimes be hard to swallow, often it can also be reassuring

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How to start and survive the entrepreneurial journey

By Team BGP

So you've had a great idea for a business. You've done your research and you've set up your home office. But now what? How do you make it through year one? How do you make it to years three and five without becoming just another statistic on how many companies fail within their first years of trading?

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From inception to exit: interview with serial entrepreneur, Oliver Gleave

By Team BGP

 

Oliver attended the Business Growth Programme in 2010 whilst running his software company, Jupix. Having successfully built the company up, Jupix was later sold and Oliver focused his attention on founding a new business, Loop Software.

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Four things I learnt from taking a business growth course

By Team BGP

We recently had the honour of talking to Richard Goring, manager of Wiston Estate Winery in West Sussex, who completed Cranfield School of Management’s Business Growth Programme in May 2018. He shared his experience with us and gave us exclusive insight into the ways undertaking a business growth course has changed his life and the direction of his business.

When Richard initially looked to engage in self-development, his key motivation for joining the Business Growth Programme (BGP) was...

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Management Essentials – Understanding Working Capital

By Andrew Haworth

 

In the last Management Essentials blog, we looked at 5 key sales and profit terms, we will now provide explanations for the basic things needed to understand business cash-flow and the business phenomenon commonly known as “working capital”.

Having worked with hundreds of SMEs through Cranfield’s Business Growth Programme (BGP), for over 10 years now, it is more often than not, a lack of know-how with finance that inhibits business owners and hampers or restricts business growth.These blog...

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How digital can help an SME Business effectively launch a product

By Guest Blog

Guest blog, provided by Sean Singleton, BGP Alumni, Managing Director at Your Favourite Story.

The beauty of digital marketing is it allows SME businesses to punch massively above their weight. However, it's not easy and requires effort and expertise.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for SME businesses to find new effective routes to engage customers at every level. As product lifecycles continue to decrease and brand loyalty is at an all-time low, businesses must re-examine marketing...

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Become a 'Corporate Athlete' and Perform Under Pressure

By Dr Veronica Burke

When it comes to achieving success in business, the route to the top is not dissimilar to that taken by elite athletes. Top performers in sport and business understand how to optimise their psychological and physical strengths to cope well under pressure.

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Company values – without them, you could have a driverless car dilemma

By Peter Swanson
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Essentials of Management: Understand Sales and Profit Using 5 Key Terms

By Andrew Haworth

What gets measured gets managed.

So, if you want to improve the management of your business and/or profitably, manage its growth, you’ll need to get to grips with your numbers and establish some useful metrics (measures of how you are doing).

To do this well you’ll need to get comfortable with a few key financial concepts.

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Everything You Need to Know About Managing Conflict at Work

By Dr Veronica Burke

Believe it or not, conflict in the workplace can be a good thing, it can also be a very bad thing. In simple terms, conflict is a form of interaction between parties who differ in interests, perceptions or preferences. It is an inevitable part of organisational life and can take many forms.

Pressure to meet performance targets, lack of resources, rapid organisational change and power differences may all give rise to conflict and as a result, effective conflict handling is a critical...

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5 New Year Resolutions for Managers

By Team BGP

 

Did you know, the single most common reason people switch jobs is because of their Line Manager?

So, the New Year is a great time to make some resolutions associated with your behaviour as a Manager to sit alongside your other goals of getting fit, buying a new house or car or whatever else you have promised yourself this year.

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Going Global Means Thinking Global: 8 Tips to Consider

By Dr Shai Vyakarnam

There are some choices to be made as an entrepreneur. First of all, do you want to build a global business, or go for a more lifestyle business?

Both are good – but the consequences of the next steps are very different. Here are 8 tips to consider, if you are thinking global:

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Professor Puzzle - BGP business is officially amongst the faster growers

By Peter Swanson

This week the 2016 Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 was announced, with one of our BGP Alumni coming in at number 39 for the fastest growing privately owned British businesses.

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